The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

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This isn’t your grandmother’s book on meditation. It’s about integrating that “spiritual practice” thing into a life that includes beer, sex, and a boss who doesn’t understand you. It’s about making a difference in yourself and making a difference in your world—whether you’ve got everything figured out yet or not. Lodro Rinzler is a bright and funny young teacher with a knack for showing how the Buddhist teachings can have a positive impact on every little nook and cranny of your life—whether you’re interested in...
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Overview

This isn’t your grandmother’s book on meditation. It’s about integrating that “spiritual practice” thing into a life that includes beer, sex, and a boss who doesn’t understand you. It’s about making a difference in yourself and making a difference in your world—whether you’ve got everything figured out yet or not. Lodro Rinzler is a bright and funny young teacher with a knack for showing how the Buddhist teachings can have a positive impact on every little nook and cranny of your life—whether you’re interested in being a Buddhist or not.
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Lodro Rinzler is a second-generation Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and teacher, but his teachings breathe youthfulness in unexpected ways. On the Huffington Post and elsewhere, he writes about topics like "So Your Parents Are Crazy," "To Call or Not to Call an Ex," and "Buddhism in the Workplace: What Should Do if My Boss is a Bully?" In this new book, his first, this affable meditation leader gifts a new generation with an equally informal approach to what Buddhism can be in their lives. A representative chapter is entitled "Be Gentle With Your Incredible Hulk Syndrome." A paperback original; editor's recommendation.

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Can the younger generation discover Buddhism more easily if Siddhartha Gautama is referred to as Sid? That is an open question in this guide by Rinzler, a 28-year-old teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Aiming at young people who “like to have a beer once in a while, enjoy sex, have figured out that parents are crazy, or get frustrated at work,” Rinzler explores classic Buddhist techniques and concepts such as shamatha (calm abiding) and vipashyana (insight) meditation, the five kleshas (afflictive emotions), and the six paramitas (perfections). His lens for doing so is the “four dignities” (tiger, snow lion, garuda , and dragon) of Shambhala Buddhism, based on teachings by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and currently led by his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Examples are drawn from situations that might be encountered by 20-somethings coping with work and relationship challenges; practices are included. Rinzler’s focus on distinctive aspects of the warrior training taught by Shambhala Buddhism may narrow this guide’s appeal compared to more comprehensive introductions to this Eastern philosophy. (Jan. 10)
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“A young, New York-based Buddhist teacher, Rinzler is able to take a relaxed, colloquial approach to meditation and its many benefits because he’s so well-versed in Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism. With examples ranging from superheroes to YouTube videos, Rinzler brings timeless teachings to the buzz of now in an engaging, richly instructive, genuinely illuminating spiritual guide.”—Booklist

“Don’t let Rinzler’s youthful exuberance fool you. The kid knows his stuff.”—Tricycle

“This volume is far beyond a compilation of Rinzler’s columns or prior work; it is a genuine introduction to living a Buddhist life without immersion in Buddhism’s more esoteric practices.”—Library Journal

“Light-hearted, contemporary, and at times hilarious, Rinzler’s book is addictively easy to read.”—Nexus

“Enjoyable, engaging, and inspiring. I loved the book and think it’s a great introductory read for a younger person who would like to know more about Buddhism, or just life in general.”—Wildmind.org

“Rinzler’s voice is approachable and funny and absolutely credible to all of the young professionals who seem to have it all but who are beginning to wonder if they are missing something really, really big.”— www.beliefnet.com 

“The cool kid’s Buddhist.”—The Boston Phoenix

Library Journal
Huffington Post columnist Rinzler can certainly be said to speak for the twentysomething generation, since he is not yet 30. This volume is far beyond a compilation of his columns or prior work; it is a genuine introduction to living a Buddhist life without immersion in Buddhism's more esoteric practices and without the heavy weight of academicism or politics that tends to affect the experience of Buddhism in America today. While Rinzler's dauntless confidence suggests his relative lack of experience, that very voice is likely to speak effectively to young adults. VERDICT A fine beginning resource for younger adults ready to try the approaches of Buddhism; this is Eastern spirituality for the Harry Potter generation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590309377
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 124,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lodro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. He has taught numerous workshops and retreats. His column What Would Sid Do (Sid = Siddhartha, the Buddha) has appeared regularly on Beliefnet.com since 2009, and his posts there have also appeared in the Huffington Post.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    For Those Who Seek

    This book was intially described to me as a book for anyone who has ever said to him or herself: "I agree with a lot of Buddhists but I am not one myself. Or perhaps I might be?" In a modern voice with ancient wisdoms, the truths are explained in simple, hip terms for young adult seekers. Additionally, meditation topics and anchoring/grounding techniques are introduced. One can move at one's own pace through the material and take as much time and reflection as one would like. Additionally, I can see myself going back to it for reminders and/or refreshers whenever needed. All in all, this book is a great resource for seekers of ancient wisdom in an increasingly chaotic postmodern world.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Buddhism for a new generation.

    Ttaditional Buddhim ideals in easy to understand language and written for today's society. I found this book extremely pleasing to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    recommended

    If you are open minded this is a book to by teens.

    It makes it clear how important it is to be your self.
    To like your self and forgive your self.

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